What are the sports of China

Sports and activities in China

The range of Chinese sports is wide: the spectrum ranges from Taijiquan, Qigong, Kung Fu and chess to badminton, basketball and table tennis.

The term Wushu exists as a collective term for all Chinese martial arts.

Taijiquan is also known as Chinese shadow boxing. It has its origins in the imperial era and is used for health and personal development. In its simplified form, it is a typical Chinese popular sport that is practiced in many places, especially in the morning. Qigong is a special form of body training, the aim of which is to cure diseases and strengthen physiological functions. The sport is thus also part of traditional Chinese medicine. In particular, Kung Fu (Gōngfu), the martial art of the Shaolin monks, is probably known to you from the Hong Kong films shown in the 1970s.

When you hear the terms "China" and "Sport" you probably associate table tennis and badminton. The world's best players at the moment, such as Wang Liqin and Wang Hao, come from China. Table tennis is very common here, as the sport is very much promoted in China as a whole. At the same time, this sport is also accessible to poorer sections of the population. The country is also enjoying great success in badminton. The athletes are encouraged in all areas of life so that they can concentrate solely on the sport. In addition, the talent pool, similar to table tennis, is huge due to its wide distribution among the population. Zhang Ning is currently one of the best female players in the history of the sport. Lin Dan is considered the best badminton player in the world.